Two species of tegu lizards, Tupinambis rufescens and T. teguixin, are heavily exploited in Argentina, Paraguay, and parts of Brazil and Bolivia for their skins for use as exotic leather accessories. This news article discusses the life history of tegus, characteristics of the traditional system of exploitation, and legal regimes that impact the legal and sustainable trade of the species.
Tupinambis Lizards and People: A Sustainable Use Approach to Conservation and Development - Lee A. Fitzgerald, Conservation Biology, Vol. 8, No. 1, Society for Conservation Biology, March 1994